Dolphin Watching & Wildlife Eco-Adventure

Dolphinwatch runs boat trips at the Mouth of the Shannon, home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe. This is one of the most exciting activities and wildlife attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The passenger ship, Draíocht (“Magic”) departs from the Castle Pier to bring you on an extraordinary adventure, with a live commentary and a crew of marine scientists to answer questions and ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment. Dolphinwatch has been a committed partner in the research and protection of these wild dolphins since pioneering dolphin watching in Ireland in 1992.

Watching and learning about the dolphins in their natural habitat is central to the experience, yet every trip is different in this dynamic marine environment. On a trip with Dolphinwatch you have the opportunity to meet a variety of wildlife, learn about the many species of seabirds, and be awed by the stunning cliffs and caves at the Mouth of the Shannon.

Celebrating 25 years, this family business has a genuine and responsible approach to sharing this unique marine habitat.

Carrigaholt is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Highlights
  • Boat trips at the Mouth of the Shannon
  • Home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe
  • Extraordinary adventure, with live commentary
  • Opportunity to meet a variety of wildlife, learn about the many species of seabirds, and be awed by the stunning cliffs and caves
  • Carrigaholt is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way
Operates

Operates April to October 

Phone or email for prices, schedule and reservations.
Current sailing times posted on the website. Booking advisable.

Trip duration: 
approx. 2–3hrs

Prices

Admission Prices 2018

Adults: €35.00
Child (under 15): €20.00

Charter and group prices available by request

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Snack bar & toilet facilities on board. Award-winning Pub Restaurant, Chip Shop, Pubs and Shop in Village. Retail Fish Shop on Pier

SHOPPING: Dolphin & Nature Information Centre and Gift Shop.

PARKING: Free parking in village and at Castle Pier car park

ACCOLADES:

  • Gold Certificate – Ecotourism Ireland
  • Gold Certificate – Irish Responsible Tourism Awards
  • Excellence Award – Trip Advisor
  • Named in the Top Ten Wildlife Attractions in Ireland – BBC
  • Ambassadors of the Wild Atlantic Way
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Getting There

On the Wild Atlantic Way 
Carrigaholt Village. 10 km (6 miles) south of Kilkee on the Loop Head Peninsula. R487 from Kilkee; then R488 to Carrigaholt

Map Location: 52.603974, -9.708778
Contact Dolphinwatch

Carrigaholt, Co. Clare, Ireland


Eircode: V15 YW64
T: +353 (0)65 905 8156
E: info@dolphinwatch.ie
W:
www.dolphinwatch.ie
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